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livin’ the blues
Disco Doppio 2 LP 33 giri , 1979, united artists , 1 C 164 – 82 768 / 69, germany
ECCELLENTI CONDIZIONI, both vinyls ex++/NM , cover ex++/NM.
I Canned Heat sono probabilmente l’unico gruppo ‘bianco’ a suonare del Blues negli anni ’70. Il gruppo si forma nel 1965, composto da Alan Wilson (chitarra, voce), Bob Hite, detto The Bear (voce, armonica) e Henry Vestine (chitarra).
Il famoso bassista Larry Taylor, strumentista eccelso che suonò anche con il rocker inglese John Mayall nell’ LP USA Union,
fece parte dei Canned Heat dal 1967 al 1970 e apparì con loro in vari
festivals, compreso the Monterey International Pop Festival e Woodstock.
Nel 1968, con Boogie with the Canned Heat, accoglie nell’organico il batterista Adolfo De La Parra, detto Fito. Poi arrivano i successi di On the Road Again e Going Up the Country, che si impongono subito nell’olimpo dei grandi classici del rock/blues.
L’America nel frattempo stava attraversando uno degli eventi più tragici e negativi della sua storia, la Guerra del Vietnam; così anche i Canned Heat partecipano al Festival di Woodstock per aggiungere al coro il loro messaggio di pace.
In seguito, Hite, De La Parra e il rientrato Vestine guidano la band per altri album di scarsa fortuna. Nel 1981
Hite, noto anche per la sua straordinaria collezione di dischi blues,
muore per un attacco di cuore, e il gruppo si scioglie definitivamente.
I Canned Heat hanno introdotto nel panorama musicale un nuovo modo
di suonare il Blues, il pianoforte non è piu lo strumento principale,
il genere si avvicina al rock ‘n’ roll e il ritmo diventa talvolta frenetico; erano le premesse per la nascita del boogie woogie che travolse gli Stati Uniti e che si diffuse particolarmente tra le truppe impegnate in guerra.
- Interprete: Canned Heat
- Etichetta: United Artists
- Catalogo: 1C 164-82 768 / 69
- Data di pubblicazione: 1979
- Supporto:vinile 33 giri
- Tipo audio: Stereo
- Dimensioni: 30 cm.
- Facciate: 4
- Gatefold / Copertina apribile , white paper inner sleeves
Living the Blues is a 1968 double album by Canned Heat. It was one of the first double albums to place well on album charts. It features Canned Heat’s signature song, “Going Up The Country,” which would later be used in the Woodstock film. John Mayall appears on piano on “Walking by Myself” and “Bear Wires.” Dr. John
appears on “Boogie Music.” The 20-minute trippy suite “Parthenogenesis”
is dwarfed by the album-length “Refried Boogie,” recorded live.
Personnel / The Band
John Mayall: Piano
John Fahey: Guitar
Miles Grayson: Horn
Charley Patton: Guitar
Joe Sample: Piano
Henry “Son” Sims: Violin
Canned Heat was started as a jug band in November 1965, in Northridge,
California by a group of “musicologists” who loved blues music. Soon
the band evolved into an electrified blues/rock band with the uncanny
ability to interpret and create a modern version of the blues. While
they never reached the popular acclaim of some of the other bands of
the psychedelic era, none the less, they were a talented group of
musicians who created some of the most unique music of that or any rock
and roll era. Musical trends come and go. Canned Heat’s “boogie music”
has been at the forefront of popularizing blues music, as exemplified
by such hits as “On The Road Again”, “Goin’ Up The Country”, “Let’s
Work Together”, “Amphetamine Annie” and “Refried Boogie.
The primary members of Canned Heat include such legendary musicians as
singer and 300-pound, former record-store manager Bob “The Bear” Hite
who grew up in Denver. The Bear once said that “to sing the blues, you
have to be an outlaw. Blacks are born outlaws, but we white people have
to work for that distinction.” The Bear died on April 6th, 1981 of a
drug-related heart seizure behind the Palomino Club in North Hollywood,
Rhythm/slide guitarist and harmonica player Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson,
born in 1943, grew up in Arlington, Ma. When the band formed he was a
musicology student. He was an avid record collector and a firm believer
in true roots music. Wilson died from depression mixed with a heroin
drug overdose in September 1970 at 27. Joel Scott Hill was brought in
to sing for Wilson. On Hooker ‘n Heat, a framed photograph of the
“Blind Owl” is on the wall above the band in memoriam.
Born Christmas Day, 1944, lead guitar player Henry “The Sunflower”
Vestine was a former member Frank Zappa’s Mother’s of Invention.
Vestine eventually left Canned Heat to form a new band and was replaced
by Detroit’s Harvey Mandel. Vestine died on Oct. 20, 1997 from heart
and respiratory failure in a hotel outside Paris. His ashes, now buried
at Oak Hill Cemetery, will eventually be transported to a crater on the
dark side of the Moon named after his father, a noted astrophysicist.
Original drummer Frank Cook was replaced by Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra,
when the band felt that it needed a more R&B type rhythm for their
second album. Original bassist Stuart Brotman was replaced by Larry
“The Mole” Taylor who eventually left for Mayall and subsequently was
replaced by Mark Andes of Spirit. Other members through the years
include Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, Junior Watson and Robert Lucas. They
can boast of collaborations with Little Richard, John Mayall, and John
Their debut album was released on the Liberty label in 1967 just in
time to make a major appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. After
being arrested in Denver on drug charges the band’s image as the bad
boys of rock eventually led to their becoming a favorite of the Hells
Angels and other biker clubs. For their second album, Wilson wrote “On
The Road Again,” which featured Wilson’s high-pitched vocals. In 1968,
the band released their next effort, a two record set “Living the
Blues”, that featured “Going Up The Country” which was to many a
highpoint of the legendary Woodstock festival. Wilbert “Kansas City”
Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together,” pumped up the charts about the same
time Caned Heat was gigged at the Isle of Wight festival.
Canned Heat has toured extensively throughout the world and performed
at numerous festivals including the original Woodstock, Monterey Pop,
Newport Pop, the Isle of Wight Festival in England, the Sturgis
Motorcycle Run U.S.A. to mention just a few. They have performed at
world-renowned venues such as the Olympia in Paris, both Fillmore
Auditoriums, The Avalon Ballroom, The Family Dog in Denver, The
Kaleidoscope, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Royal Albert
Hall. Their music has been featured on television and in films like
“Woodstock”, “1969”, “Flashback”, and “Forrest Gump”. Their music is
currently being heard in various television commercials.” On The Road
Again” for Miller Beer, “Goin’ Up The Country” for Pepsi, Chevrolet and
McDonald’s, “Let’s Work Together” for Lloyd’s Bank, England’s Electric
Company and Target Stores, “Christmas Blues” for Heineken with other
songs for 7-Up and Levi’s.
Canned Heat continues today with long time members Fito de la Parra and
Larry “the Mole” Taylor leading the way. Vocal duties have been handled
over the years by Walter Trout, James Thornberry and Robert Lucas.
Recently, Fito de la Parra has written a book, “Living the Blues,”
which chronicles the history of Canned Heat.
“don’t forget to boogie”.
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